Messe Düsseldorf North America - Trade Show Daily

Slapped with Snow & Piles of Paper!

Posted by Robert Self on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Winter is hard. Few can argue against that. It’s cold. The sun barely shines. Shoveling starts. Delays commence. And cabin fever sets. But despite the numb fingers and all, we would like to give you hope and remind you that brighter days are ahead!

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(Photo: Typical Chicago Winter - 2015)

Now, I don’t know about you, but when winter comes around I just tend to move slower – and we see the same mentality occur in the trade show industry. Sure, the main seasons for trade shows to occur are in early Spring and early Winter, but much planning for these shows occurs… well… now.

There are forms to fill out, documents to sign, invoices to pay, and more! We can’t allow our desire to remain sluggish take over! But when all you want to do is hibernate, how can you possibly keep up the momentum to plan for a show? Simply put, it’s the dedication that goes into a project that allows momentum to forge onward. Let me give you an example:

Two weeks ago our Chicago office was basically slapped by Mother Nature, who thought it funny to dump 19.6 inches of snow on the city - making for our fifth largest blizzard in Chicago’s recorded history.

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(Photo: There's an actual car under there)

But, being the thick-skinned, snow-savvy people we are as Chicagoans, we still trekked out in cold using our streets and the ‘L’ (our public transit system) to get around, as no travel bans were placed. I, for one, was one of those crazies – just out for a casual stroll to my Super Bowl Sunday gathering. NOTHING was going to keep me from the food, friends, football game, food, commercials, food, Katy Perry half-time show, food, and food. And for most Chicagoans alike, it was business as usual. (Granted there were a few… casualties. See: photo of abandoned car).

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(Photo: Abandoned cars remain in middle of Chicago streets
from previous night, blocking plows & tow trucks)

While many Chicago offices, including ours, placed our safety before work and allowed us to remain home considering the danger element, there were still people crowding the streets on Monday morning. Our office in particular saw an amazing turnout. Because we know our shows are time-sensitive projects, and we want to make sure we’re on top of our game. That desire to meet deadlines and to plan ahead for any road bumps we may cross brought us through the tundra and to our computer screens. For you, our exhibitors & visitors.

Here’s another: Currently, our building is experiencing some electrical issues unrelated to our particular office, which has made the heat go out. It is currently -15 degrees Fahrenheit outside our windows, while the west coast parodies what hardship feels like. Once again offered the safety to stay home until the issue is fixed, what did we do? We put on another layer, sucked it up, and came anyway.

You see, problems can come at you from all angles without you ever being able to see it coming (much like weather). But rolling with the punches, remaining optimistic, and most importantly planning ahead allows you to find the solutions. In this particular case the solution just happens to be an extra pair of long underwear.

Basically, any show that we organize for the early Winter season (i.e. September-December) undergoes heavy organizing during this, the dreaded dead depths of the late Winter season (i.e. January-March). But we’re here to send you reminders, give you calls, and motivate you. Many deadlines may be approaching for shows in your industry. So while winter is hard, the sun is rising earlier/setting later. The snow and ice are thawing (at least right before it freezes again). And the first day of Spring is next month! Besides, the groundhog reared his head nearly three weeks ago – so we’re half way out of the woods! So here’s to early planning! And if you ever have questions or doubts, you can always reach out to us! Our contact information is below!

Contact us!
Phone: (312) 781-5180
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @mdnachicago

Topics: MEDICA, trade show, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, GDS, REHACARE International, Trade Show Planning, Messe Dusseldorf North America, Chicago, Compamed, CARAVAN SALON, A+A

Who Doesn’t Love Shoes?

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

describe the image     It’s high time for the dreaded spring/summer cleaning and a good opportunity to make space in the closet for much needed new shoes! Whether sandals, sneakers, loafers, boots, flats or high heels, this season has hip footwear for everyone. People are as individual as their shoes and want to stand out from the crowd.

Not only women are looking for the trendiest style but more and more men are getting bored with buying the same shoes just because its “easy” and kids are definitely not shy about letting their parents know what they want – a challenge for retailers who have to continually update their inventory to fit their customer’s tastes.

The perfect place to see what the next season has in store is GDS - Global Destination for Shoes and Accessories, showcasing the latest shoes styles and accessories from July 30 – August 1, 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. With earlier dates and a new concept, GDS will be the kick-off event of the season, featuring product, brand storytelling and shop-in-shop concepts, allowing buyers to get an overview at an early stage to to get all the necessary information for their orders. And the new private label focused event – tag it! will be held concurrently (July 29 – August 1) to address the international manufacturers and resellers of shoes and accessories with a focus on private label production. These two events will be an interesting international meeting place for everyone involved in the footwear sector to see the latest trends, get inspired and exchange ideas with colleagues.

With the revised exhibit hall layout, the upcoming GDS will be especially exciting. Instead of many different segments there will be three big Shopping Worlds: “HIGHSTREET-THE MODERN PULSE”, covering the spectrum from modern and sporty to traditional and wellness-focused and also including kids’ clothing and accessories, “POP UP- THE URBAN GROOVE”, a lively marketplace for trendy street wear and “STUDIO - THE PREMIUM NOTE”, presenting sophisticated shoe fashions from the minimalistic to the glamorous. In each of the three worlds, visitors are also guided through the “Highlight Route” – a defined path that leads them past exhibition stands, special product presentations, fashion shows and events.

In addition to all the returning companies, this new concept attracted many first time exhibitors to GDS and attendees can look forward to the footwear creation by labels such as Lacoste, Gant Footwear, Marc O´Polo and Napapijri Footwear in HIGHSTREET, Replay, Ria Menorca, Velvet Red, Original Penguin and Me & Macs in POP UP and Patrizia Pepe, Barbour Footwear, Porsche Design, Jil Sander Navy and Shades New York in STUDIO. The Brown Shoe Company will also premiere at GDS with their brand Naturalizer.

The fashion city Düsseldorf itself will roll out the red carpet with the new “OUT OF THE BOX” Festival for Footwear and Accessories, inviting GDS and tag it! participants to celebrate along with retailers, restaurants and cultural partners on August 1. From 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm, fashionistas and shoe fans can enjoy special events and entertainment in Düsseldorf stores and on the city streets. Special exhibitions and lectures, customizing activities and workshops plus events in galleries, bars and offsite locations all all part of the program.

Join the “fashion circus” and experience what the varied, colorful and surprising world of shoes and accessories has to offer. GDS and tag it! are trade only events and free entrance passes can be ordered online at and

Topics: Germany, Düsseldorf, GDS, shoe trade show, shoes

What shoe fetish?

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 @ 15:20 PM

You can never have too many shoes. That’s a fact and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Whether you're into classic, trendy, sporty or wellness styles, there is a place where you can see it all: at the upcoming  trade fair GDS 2012 - International Event for Shoes & Accessories, held from March 14 – 16, 2012 at the fairgrounds in the fashion metropolis Düsseldorf, Germany.

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More than 800 exhibitors from 30 countries will dazzle you with more than 1,800 new footwear collections for the Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 season. And if this is not enough, an extensive program of ancillary events such as catwalk shows, seminars and lectures will help you to pair your chic shoes with the right outfit. With the motto “Inspiration to Go”, the entire image of GDS has been re-designed, and you're in for a real visual treat!


“New” seems to be the keyword for GDS – the event will feature numerous new exhibitors and brands, such as Benson Shoes, Via Roma, Dumond, Piedi Nudi, Aerosoles and Barefooters. Showing their products for the first time in the premium segment will be Jo Ghost, Kenzo, Paul & Joe/Berthier, Santoni Club/Vestitus and Ducanero while the shoe collection of fashion designer Michael Michalsky will premiere in the white cubes area. In the Urban segment, Nickelson, Panama Jack, PLDM by Palladium, Shepherd, Coqueterra, Moonboot by Tecnica, Hi-Tec, Les Tropeziennes par M Belarbi, Trifoglio and Umber will make their debut.

Not to be missed is the funky “Design Attack” area, this time with the circus theme "Chikki Mikki" where about 100 young designers will present their unusual collections in a circus setting complete with a circus rink and trailers.

GDS is a "trade-only" event, and you can order your free entrance pass online at This website is also a great tool to get all the details about this exciting event for the international footwear industry.
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So get started by cleaning out your closet to make space for more wonderful new shoes!

Topics: Germany, Düsseldorf, GDS, shoe trade show, shoes, GDS 2012, Dusseldorf shoe trade fair, shoe, shoe fetish

How Hip Do You Want to Be? Tragically Hip! Check out GDS...

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 @ 10:52 AM

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It’s time to get out of your sweat pants and start looking hip! The urban and streetwear trends for the next season are super colorful and can make you look like a 1000 bucks from head to toe. The young fashion for the Spring/Summer 2012 season with its three themes “Color Up”, “Preppy Yachting” and “Soft Seventies” looks modern, cool and uncompromising with bright colors: grass green, bright pink, bright yellow, pool blue and red for shirts, pants and shoes (no worries, you will not look like a canary). The look of urban and streetwear is sporty and preppy with rolled-up chinos, shorts combined with cotton shirts and comfortable lace-ups or casual espadrilles. In addition to classic, sporty maritime looks with striped patterns and traditional red-white-blue color combinations there is also a lot of natural flair. Elaborate woven sandals and platform sandals on high cork wedges together with flowing floral dresses and flared jeans in attractive washes refer to the 70’s.

To experience all these trends and be ahead of you time, just visit GDS 2011 – International Event for Shoes & Accessories and GLOBAL SHOES 2011 – leading trade show for sourcing in Düsseldorf, Germany. That’s where some 1,280 exhibitors from 42 countries will showcase their shoe, bag and accessory collections for the Spring/Sumer 2012 season from September 7 – 9, 2011. Daily fashion shows will demonstrate how trendy shoes can be combined with stylish clothes to create the perfect outfits. This is a trade only event and you can order your free entrance pass online at

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Get more information from Messe Düsseldorf North America at (312) 781-5180 or visit the website for a list of all labels represented at these hip trade fairs.

You should have listened to your mom and kept your favorite 70’s flare jeans!

Topics: Messe Duesseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, GDS, shoe trade show, GLOBAL SHOES, GDS 2012, Dusseldorf shoe trade show, Dusseldorf shoe trade fair

Dates for GDS and GLOBAL SHOES 2010 Announced

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Tue, Apr 7, 2009 @ 22:38 PM

The 2010 dates for the Düsseldorf shoe trade fairs GDS - International Event for Shoes & Accessories and GLOBAL SHOES - leading trade show for sourcing, have been announced: both events will be held concurrently at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany from March 12 - 14 and from September 10 - 12, 2010. For more information, click here.

Topics: Germany, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, trade fair, fashion, fashion show, GDS, shoe trade show, GLOBAL SHOES, shoes

Positive Mood at GDS and GLOBAL SHOES 2009

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Mon, Mar 16, 2009 @ 22:16 PM

GDS 2009 - International Event for Shoes & Accessories, and GLOBAL SHOES 2009 - leading trade show for sourcing, closed in Düsseldorf, Germany to predominantly positive results. According to preliminary counts, over 31,000 buyers came to the fairgrounds (approximately 2,000 visitors or 6% less than a year ago) and 6,200 of them also visited GLOBAL SHOES. For more information click here.

Topics: Germany, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, trade fair, fashion, fashion show, GDS, shoe trade show

Defying Economic Crisis: 1,870 Collections at GDS 2009

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Wed, Feb 18, 2009 @ 20:55 PM

Despite the economic crisis, about 800 exhibitors from 29 countries will present approximately 1,870 collections for the 2009/2010 Autumn/Winter season at the 107th GDS - International Event for Shoes & Accessories. For more information click here.

Topics: Germany, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, trade fair, fashion, GDS, shoe trade show, show collection, shoe

Theme of Design Attack Exhibit at GDS 2009: “Queen Alpin”

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 @ 20:07 PM

One of the highlights of the upcoming GDS, International Event for Shoes & Accessories, will be the 10th edition of the Design Attack exhibit - this time with the theme "Queen Alpin", which will present London as a first-class ski location in the Alps.  For more information click:

Topics: trade show, Düsseldorf, trade fair, GDS, shoe trade show